Majority of Enterprise Will Connect to Multiple Cloud Service Providers

Despite concerns about security and performance, enterprises are agressively pursuing a multi-cloud strategy, says IDC

The  number of enterprises that will connect their corporate networks to two or more cloud service providers will triple within the next two years, says a study by IDC This trend is being driven by the emergence of hybrid cloud architectures that are enabling IT managers to more efficiently support the increasing demand for enterprise cloud applications.

The research also revealed the importance of key cloud attributes when accessing multiple cloud service providers. On a scale of one to five (where one indicates not important and five indicates extremely important), enterprises rated network reliability and availability at 4.41, and secure data transport at 4.31. IT managers also placed high importance on the performance management capabilities of the network provider they use to access cloud services.

Survey respondents further indicated that they expect to increase cloud use from an average of two service providers to four within the next two years.

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